The Arabic Manuscript Tradition

A Glossary of Technical Terms and Bibliography – Supplement


The present work supplements the original volume of The Arabic Manuscript Tradition (AMT), both its glossary of technical terms and bibliography. It includes new entries of technical terms, additional definitions of, and/or citations for, the entries already found in AMT, and recent publications on various aspects of Arabic manuscript studies arranged by subject. Among additional features there are illustrations of various Arabic letterforms and an alphabetical index of all works cited in both AMT and its supplement.
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Biographical Note

Adam Gacek, currently Head of the Islamic Studies Library and a lecturer in Arabic manuscript studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University (Montreal) is the author of six catalogues of manuscripts, many articles and book chapters on various aspects of codicology and paleography, as well as The Arabic Manuscript Tradition: a Glossary of Technical Terms & Bibliography (2001).

Review Quote

“…an indispensable research, library, and archival companion for students and researchers that are interested in bibliomancy, calligraphy, specifically Arabic, Qur’anic manuscripts, penmanship, bookbinding, papermaking, decoration, and the tools associated with all these crafts. Praise for this monumental effort is essentially superfluous and no library or centre which is concerned with the Islamic manuscript and book tradition should be without the set. Academics and researchers would also find the books as indispensable companions.” Amidu Olalekan Sanni, JOAS, 2010


All those interested in Arabic manuscript studies, the written transmission of knowledge and book culture in Islamic cilvilization, as well as philologists, editors of Arabic manuscripts, medievalists, and historians of art.